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Edwards is currently managing director at the
Cyber Consulting Group Ltd. He joined the group
on August 2006. His role, according to his
Linked-in profile, is:
• Advising new businesses on formation of
corporations and business structures, drafting
policies and procedures and structuring
• Advising existing business on streamlining
and enhancing their business performance.
• Providing a variety of accounting and
financial advice and services.
• October 2004 - July 2006 Chief Financial
Officer at TSTT.
• 1995 - 1998 senior business development
analyst, Trinidad Cement Ltd.
• Former credit union president.
• Liquidator of eight credit unions.
• Compiled report on Hindu Credit Union.
From 1973 to 1977, Edwards attended the
University of the West Indies (UWI), St
He won a UWI Open Scholarship after placing
first in the Caribbean in the Modern Studies
Division of the UWI Scholarship Examination,
earning his BSc and an MSc in management
studies, accounting, as a post-graduate
While at UWI, he was treasurer of the Guild
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quits Integrity body This is the third time for this year that the
commission has been left in limbo. In February,
deputy chairman Sebastian Ventour resigned
temporarily to deliver three judgments but was
reappointed at the end of the month.
In 2009 the entire commission resigned after
the court deemed it acted in bad faith by failing to
allow Dr Keith Rowley and his wife Sharon a
chance to be heard during an investigation into
the Landate Tobago development.
Shortly after, the newly-appointed commission,
headed by Fr Henry Charles, again collapsed after
Charles stepped down after accusations of
plagiarism. He said church law did not allow him
to serve on the commission.
Chairman Dr Eric St Cyr also resigned after he
prematurely told a reporter that Udecott chairman
Jearlean John was under investigation.
Deputy chairman Gladys Gafoor took the IC to
court after she was suspended by former
president George Maxwell Richards amid
allegations of misconduct from her colleagues.
The High and Appeal Courts ruled against her.
for 24TH JULY, 2014
YVONNE WEBB and RHONDOR DOWLAT
The Ken Gordon-led Integrity Com-
mission has been left in the lurch once
more by the resignation of accountant
Joel C Edwards, only two months after
he was sworn in.
Edwards, an old boy of Presentation Col-
lege, San Fernando, the President's alma
mater, has cited personal reasons for resign-
ing, as did the commissioner he replaced,
chartered accountant Seunarine Jokhoo.
Jokhoo, citing urgent family commit-
ments, resigned in March, leaving the com-
mission in a tailspin.
Under the Integrity in Public Life Act,
in order to function the commission must
have at least one member who is a char-
tered or certified accountant.
This latest resignation means that until
President Carmona finds a replacement
for Edwards, after consultation with the
Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, the
commission will again cease to function.
Carmona is on vacation in the UK.
When contacted yesterday, Edwards at
first did not confirm his resignation, saying:
"No, I don't know anything concerning
Told that the Office of the President had
issued a release to say so, Edwards then
said he had submitted his resignation on
Asked what his next step would be, he
replied: "Well, I have a life to live."
Edwards later said he had no regrets
about leaving the commission at this time.
At a later stage, he said, things could change
and he would be able to come back either
to the IC or some other commission to
continue to serve.
"Because I have lived a life of service
and I will continue to serve."
"For now," he said, "I don't feel any
regrets. The earlier the better. Rather than
just being there and not contributing, it is
better I move on and allow somebody who
has the time and the space to make the
contribution. I think that is the more
responsible thing to do."
Asked if he did not understand the
demands of the job before he accepted the
offer, Edwards, from Gasparillo, South
Trinidad, said he did not.
"I did not anticipate the workload would
have been so much. I did not ask the ques-
tion, nor did I do the investigation myself
when I was asked to do the job."
Edwards and his wife Dawne have two
He said: "I have found out it is quite
demanding and my personal commitment
would not allow me to give the time and
effort to the level of excellence I am accus-
tomed to with the organisations that I
serve, plus I have bills to pay as well."
Asked if there was an underlying reason
for his not being able to continue serving,
Edwards said: "Not in my case."
He said while he knew President Car-
mona from their school days at Presenta-
tion, they were not contemporaries and he
did not think their relationship was the
basis on which he was approached to serve.
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At his swearing-in ceremony in May, President
Carmona said Edwards was "eminently qualified
and experienced and has the requisite moral fibre
to discern right from wrong."
In a statement issued by his office then,
Carmona was also quoted as saying: "In listening
to his entire resumé, you come to the realisation
that this is an individual who has engaged the
straight and narrow path throughout his life."
Joel Edwards, left, as he was sworn in by President Anthony Carmona in May.
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